CFP: [Theatre] Latina/o Focus Group ATHE 8/8-11/09 Deadline 10/15 and 11/1/08

full name / name of organization: 
Jon Rossini
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Call For Papers: Latino/a Focus Group ATHE/AATE (8/8-11/09, New York, NY)
The Latino/a Focus Group of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education invites panel
proposals or individual paper proposals for the Association for Theatre in Higher
Education/American Alliance for Theatre and Education 2009 joint conference in New York City.
“Risking Innovation.” We encourage panels and papers that bring together scholars and artists in
dialogue, and alternative and innovative formats. While we welcome all panels and papers that
address the conference theme broadly we also encourage submissions that address the following

• Practical concerns with the pedagogy of Latina/o and Latin AmericanTheater: Producing,
Directing, and Teaching Plays in educational settings. Innovative and risky ideas for expanding
the awareness of Latina/o and Latin American Theater and Performance

• The Future of Research and Methodological Innovations in Latina/o and Latin AmericanTheater
and Performance

• Latinos and Musical Theater: In the Heights and the future of the genre

• Festivals and the possibility of innovation. How are festivals organized throughout the
Americas? What effects can and do festivals achieve?

• How are Latina/o and Latin American Theater shaped by the current political and economic

• How does the history of Latina/o and Latin American Theater offer us the possibility of new
ways of thinking about innovation?

Panel proposals should be submitted on-line using the ATHE website ( by
Nov. 1, 2008, but we encourage all individuals who are considering submitting a panel to contact
the Latina/o Focus Group Conference Planner, Jon Rossini ( well before the
deadline so that the efforts of the focus group can be coordinated. Only complete panel
proposals will be considered.

Individual paper proposals for consideration for placement on a panel sponsored by the Latina/o
Focus Group require a 250-word abstract (along with contact information and AV needs) e-
mailed to the Latino Focus Group Conference Planner ( by October 15,
2008. Placement on a panel sponsored by the focus group does not guarantee acceptance by
the conference.

Unlike recent ATHE conferences, this conference runs from Saturday to Tuesday and many of the
panels will be placed on Monday and Tuesday due to greater space availability at the conference

Please read the instructions below so as to best prepare your paper or panel proposal.

1. You are encouraged to use the ATHE-LFG listserve ( )in order to circulate
panel proposals, paper ideas, to ask questions and to brainstorm ideas. If you are not on the list
and wish to be added, please contact Patricia Herrera (Patricia.E.Herrera_at_Dartmouth.Edu) or send
a message to The message should read:
sub athe-lfg <last name> <first name> For example, sub athe-lfg Ybarra Patricia
2. Individual paper abstracts submitted to the conference planner must include paper title and
contact information, and must specify any AV needs. ATHE does not accept individual paper
submissions -- DO NOT submit your individual proposal on the ATHE website.

may be requested for day passes for local artists who participate in a panel or to help defray the
costs of visitors who might not otherwise be able to afford the conference.

4. Presenters wishing to create multidisciplinary panels must contact the Focus Group
Conference Planners and the AATE Network Coordinators for each of the THREE groups they
propose as sponsors. Because of the nature of the joint conference this year, a multidisciplinary
panel must consist of a total of 3 groups, at least one of which should come from each
organization (i.e. 1 Focus Group and 2 Networks, or 2 Focus Groups and 1 Network).
5. Presenters are limited to 2 appearances on the conference program. Exceptions are only made
at the discretion of the Conference Committee.

6. Presenters proposing programs outside of the traditional panel format are asked to be
specific in their proposals concerning the structure and number of participants so that ATHE can
be notified about space/time needs.
7. Presenters who wish to submit grant requests are encouraged to contact the Focus Group
Conference Planner well in advance of the November 1 deadline.
8. ATHE will notify the LFG concerning accepted or rejected panels by mid-February. Panelists
should expect to hear from the Conference Planner or their Panel Chair by early March.

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